Restaurants & Services

We are truly spoilt for choice with restaurants and bars within walking distance of the Bella Vista motel; many offer quality takeaway options.

Alice May Restaurant – Only two doors down from the motel, the European cuisine on offer is a must try while here in Franz Josef. Enjoy one of their well portioned, meals and finish with a homemade dessert.

Snake Bite Brewery–  Found on the main street next to the 4 Square supermarket. Open for breakfast from 7.30am. A good selection of delectable food made on site with the freshest ingredients. Serving authentic Southeast Asian dishes along with kiwi favourites. Check out the Fresh Baking along with the Craft Beer range.

The Landing – This Speight’s bar is known for its large portions. Enjoy the indoor atmosphere, or sit on the outside deck and watch the world go by.

Blue Ice Café – Right up the top of the main road, past the fuel station. Seated dining available on the ground floor, but for a more relaxed vibe head upstairs. With free pool and darts.

King Tiger- Opposite the Hot Pools. Choose food from India, Thailand, China or South Asia.

Local Services:

Department of Conservation – For information on all things related to the outdoors. Find out about the Okarito Brown Kiwi, the earthquake fault line & what makes our glacier unique while checking out their range of gifts & books.  Also they offer an I-site service to book activities and accommodation for your journey.

Supermarket – At Four Square you will find a good range of food supplies. They also stock a range of Wine and Beer, vegetables, frozen goods along with fresh bread, giant muffins and sandwiches daily.

Ferngrove Souvenirs – Quality New Zealand Souvenirs. Also the place to find small a range of pharmacy only medicine.

Franz Josef Community Gym – The community gym and squash court are available for use. Ask at Ferngrove Souvenirs for booking or reception for more information.

The Glacier Shop – Stocks a wide range of New Zealand Souvenirs and gifts.

Glacier Motors – Fill up your tank on the way out of town, also pick up some snacks for the journey. You will find the postal service here, the post box is out front and cleared Mon – Fri at 12.30pm.  Glacier Motors also stock fishing tackle & bait and a good range of post cards.

Mechanic – Break down, AA, Tyres and general repairs are covered by the mechanics at Fox Glacier Motors (30 min drive to the south) and Whataroa Service Station 30 Minutes’ drive to the north. If you have a flat battery let us know at reception and we might be able to sort it for you.